Instant Christmas: Trio of ‘elves’ transform Ritz-Carlton Buckhead overnight | ajc.com

From the AJC (link gone): Instant Christ­mas: Trio of ‘elves’ trans­form Ritz-Carl­ton Buck­head overnight
I noticed this sto­ry because it remind­ed me of our dear friend Son­ji (Mique_Mique on LJ), who we haven’t seen in far too long! As a flo­ral design­er, this is her “crazy time” each year, so I know it’ll be some time yet before we do get to see her. We miss you, sug­ar!

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Lazy Day & Posting Articles

It has been such a lazy day. All our body clocks are com­plete­ly con­fused. It’s going to be so hard on Sam to get up Mon­day morn­ing!

These days have been sweet and uncom­pli­cat­ed. I just had a delight­ful can­dlelit bath, with my sto­ry­teller stay­ing with me the whole time. I am very, very sleepy now.

I’ve put this off for a time out of sheer lazi­ness, I sup­pose, but it’s past time to move the rest of the arti­cles on this site into Word­Press. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to work through them, but I’ll try to space them out a bit so as not to flood the feed. I’ll try to remem­ber to use the “more” tag, too.

I can’t just dump the HTML into posts or pages, because there’s always some­thing that’s out­dat­ed, or that I would put dif­fer­ent­ly now. And, of course, I’m try­ing to do this migra­tion with­out leav­ing a bunch of bro­ken links, which means set­ting up redi­rects as I go.

Yes, I know that I have obses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der. It’s offi­cious­ly diag­nosed and every­thing. No, there’s noth­ing you can do or say that will relieve me of feel­ing that I had to go through every sin­gle arti­cle.

Oh. To be more accu­rate than above, I’ve put this off due to sheer per­fec­tion­ism, which is high­ly sus­cep­ti­ble to pro­cras­ti­na­tion for exact­ly these kinds of rea­sons.

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Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks for chaos and logos
and impli­cate order;
for dark mat­ter, bright galax­ies,
and non­lo­cal con­nec­tions; for crys­tals and con­ti­nents;
for Lucy’s skull and Mary Leakey’s
foot­prints in vol­canic ash; for Thales’ water,
Her­a­cli­tus’ fire, and Pythagore­an forms; for the
Indi­an zero, alge­bra, and algo­rithms; for the
oscil­la­tions of the Yin and the Yang; for
acupunc­ture, Su Sung’s astro­nom­i­cal clock, and
Huang Tao P’i’s tex­tile tech­nol­o­gy; for Ara­bic
alchemists on the Old Silk Road and Ibn Sina’s
Canon of Med­i­cine; for Euclid and New­ton and “God
play­ing dice”; for Kepler’s snowflake and Kekule’s
dream; for Mendel’s monastery peas and the genet­ic
Tetra­gram­ma­ton on the spi­ral stair­case of life;
for frac­tals, ferns and fall foliage; for
cater­pil­lars and cocoons; for the infant’s first cry;
for Pachebel’s canon; for stained glass win­dows,
Leeuwenhoek’s micro­scope, and the Galileo
probe; for the World Wide Web to help us become
con­scious of cos­mic inter­con­nect­ed­ness; but most
of all, let us give thanks for the twin pas­sions
which make us ful­ly human–the yearn­ing to
tran­scend the bound­aries of time and space by
learn­ing and by lov­ing.

Invo­ca­tion, by Ingrid Shafer
For the open­ing of the Okla­homa Acad­e­my of Sci­ence on 7 Novem­ber 1997

A friend emailed the piece to me sev­er­al years ago. I want­ed to link to it, but couldn’t find a copy of it on the web, so I made one (with Dr. Shafer’s per­mis­sion, of course). Today seems a good time to move it from the old ver­sion of my site into Word­Press.

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Happy Birthday James!

I hope you have a great day! Y’all go wish James (word­can­dlemage on LJ) a hap­py birth­day, please?

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Halloween Cat!




Cat Lit Up

Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by apple­stick­er

What’s your favorite Hal­loween mem­o­ry? (I’m refer­ring specif­i­cal­ly to Hal­loween, the sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion, not Samhain.)

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Since some have asked

Our mail­ing address is
2107 N. Decatur Rd #474
Decatur, GA 30033

Might I please have yours? In case we actu­al­ly man­age to get such things out at any point in the com­ing year. I don’t promise that such things will go out in time for Yule, though 😉 A clue as to the best way to address an enve­lope so as not to leave out any­one in the house­hold who would might feel slight­ed would be appre­ci­at­ed, as I don’t like acci­den­tal­ly hurt­ing anyone’s feel­ings.

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